'Sleepy' Bayern given wake-up call by Cologne

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich dives to head the ball past Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn. Anthony Modeste equalised in the second half to end Bayern's perfect start to the Bundesliga season.
Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich dives to head the ball past Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn. Anthony Modeste equalised in the second half to end Bayern's perfect start to the Bundesliga season.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BERLIN • Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admitted their first dropped German Bundesliga points of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cologne was especially upsetting following their defeat by Atletico Madrid.

Joshua Kimmich's first-half header at Munich's Allianz Arena was cancelled out by Anthony Modeste's volley as Cologne broke the Bavarian giants' 100 per cent record in the league.

Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern remain three clear at the top of the table with 16 points from their six games so far after Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalise, losing 0-2 to Bayer Leverkusen.

But Neuer admitted the home draw was hard to take following their 1-0 defeat in Madrid on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Defeat by Atletico was Bayern's first of the season under new coach Ancelotti, but the lack of urgency and composure against Cologne was a cause for concern, admitted Neuer.

"It's clearly down to us, you could see how little tempo we had in our game and we were a bit sleepy," said the German goalkeeper.

"Of course, you have to play at a fast speed against a good team and be able to vary the tempo, which is what we didn't have today.

"We lost to Atletico this week and took a point against Cologne, I'll need at least a night to get my good mood back again."

Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels added that the draw was a warning sign.

"I noticed that we were explicitly lacking depth in our patterns of running. We still have plenty of room for improvement, but we have been saying that for weeks," said Hummels. "The draw is a bit annoying, but we have 16 points from six games and we're first."

Ancelotti admitted his side have not played well in their last two games.

"We were good in the first half and controlled the game, then we lost the cohesion and order in our game," said the Italian.

"We haven't played well in the last two matches, but it continues after the international break."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2016, with the headline ''Sleepy' Bayern given wake-up call by Cologne'. Print Edition | Subscribe